Monday, July 25, 2005

Rude (but not in German) (I should grow up)

I know it's incredibly puerile of me, but when this monstrosity pulled up outside my flat as I was sat, eating in the garden, I had to dash for my camera. Somehow the German language has a propensity for unintentional rudeness. Or maybe I just have the mind of a 14 year old boy. Anyway, if you look carefully, you'll note that the size of the machine is necessary as this is an Elephant Putzmeister. And no, it wasn't there to take care of anything connected to me... (if you're going to comment, don't be too obvious)


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Gilly

8 comments:

Jack's Shack said...

Putzmeister is into construction, working with concrete things of that nature. Used to work with them, in a different life that is.

Every time I saw one of their vehicles I just laughed.

Aaron E said...

It should be noted that this joke is only funny for those you like Yiddish. Putz just means plaster in German. It's still pretty funny though

Liza said...

Sounds like a nickname I would have used for a number of individuals who I've met over the years...

Anonymous said...

On the subject of purile construction based humour. I always have to grin at those huge extendible concrete pumps made by a company called Shaaaa-wiiing!

Yellow Boy

Bill said...
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Bill said...

Bill said...

Yes I agree the German language does not translate well into Yiddish or English. Somewhere in my collection of travel photos I have a picture that tops this.

When I was on a Kontiki tour of Europe, our bus load of drunken Australians and Canadians, pulled into a typical tourist trap in Nice, and the whole bus broke out in histerical laughter as we looked beside us and noticed the nieghbouring bus had a very unique name.

In HUGE letters the bus anounced it was from the FUCKER tour company.

I know I still have the picture so I will try to add it to this thread if it doesn't offend anyone.

BTW . . Gilly don't grow up it leads to getting old and that leads to death, not a good idea.

Karl said...

Used to see these things the whole time while in Yeshiva in Israel and would always have a good laugh about it. When I went home and started calling these machines Putzmeisters, everyone else thought I was mad!

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